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McGeeney doubles up to join Tipp hurling staff

Jackie Cahill

ARMAGH football selector Kieran McGeeney has accepted an invitation from Tipperary senior hurling manager Eamon O'Shea to join his back-room team for the 2014 campaign.

Former Kildare boss McGeeney, who captained the Armagh footballers to All-Ireland glory in 2002, will adopt a dual inter-county mandate next year. It is understood that O'Shea will ask McGeeney to work on the mental aspects of preparation with Tipp.

O'Shea is an admirer of McGeeney's work, and a speech by the Mullaghbawn native was used on a mental skills DVD distributed to the Tipp players last season.

The majority of McGeeney's time will be spent in Armagh but he will also provide an ear for O'Shea, his management team and the Tipp players.

The acquisition of McGeeney is another coup for O'Shea, who recently enlisted former Olympic sprinter Gary Ryan as physical trainer.

Tipp county board officials are anxious to ensure a degree of continuity as a number of exciting young players are bedded into the senior squad. That led them to appoint O'Shea, assistant manager Michael Ryan and coach Paudie O'Neill for another two years.

As well as retired goalkeeper Brendan Cummins, other players not part of O'Shea's 45-man panel at the moment are Pa Bourke, Johnny Ryan, Brian O'Meara, Thomas Stapleton, John O'Keeffe and Donagh Maher.

But some of these players could earn a recall, as a number of players may be unavailable during the Waterford Crystal Cup campaign, due to third-level commitments.

The 16 players added to the extended squad are: Michael Breen, Steven O'Brien (Ballina), James Logue (Ballingarry), Conor Kenny (Borrisoleigh), Tom Treacy (Cappawhite), David Collins (Drom & Inch), Cathal Barrett (Holycross/ Ballycahill), Colin O'Riordan (JK Brackens), Tadhg Gallagher (Kildangan), Niall O'Meara, Jack Peters (Kilruane MacDonaghs), Liam McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney), Paddy Murphy (Nenagh Éire Óg), Seamus Kennedy (St Mary's, Clonmel), Denis Maher, Ronan Maher (Thurles Sarsfields).

Some of Tipp's more experienced players, including Eoin Kelly, will not resume training until the new year.

Irish Independent

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